“I’m shooting a wedding for the first time,” asked the nice lady on the phone. “Can you help me go over the gear I’ll need?”
That’s a question we get a lot from our newer customers who are taking on specific photo gigs like portraits and weddings for the first time. It’s a question we like hearing, because it means that more people are finding ways to make their passion pay, and that’s always a good thing.
To make things easier, we decided to introduce the concept of packages into our offerings. This is something a few customers have asked for, and we set about making the necessary modifications to our back-end system to accommodate their requests.
The folks here at BorrowLenses.com set about creating packages for certain scenarios like weddings, portrait shoots, and landscape and architectural photography. We packages cameras, lenses, and accessories together based on input from a number of photographers and an extensive look at what many of our customers rented for those purposes, and we think you’ll like what we have to offer.
Let’s take a look at some of these packages.
For some reason, gear recommendations for weddings are the most sought after. So, we put together packages for both Nikon and Canon that included the core set of items you’d need to shoot a wedding, minus a body. We didn’t add a body to these packages because many photographers already have their own camera bodies and are looking to supplement their setup with lenses and other items.
On the Nikon side, we have the Nikon Wedding Essentials Package, shown in the image above. This includes:
- A Nikon 24-70mm lens.
- A Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens.
- A Nikon SB-910 flash.
- A Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens.
That’s a pretty comprehensive kit. Between the 70-200mm lens and the 24-70mm lens, you’ve got the focal lengths you need to shoot a wedding pretty well covered. We added a 50mm f/1.4 lens in there for those low-light shots when an f/2.8 lens isn’t enough, and tossed in a top-of-the-line SB-910 flash for when even an f/1.4 lens isn’t enough.
We did something similar for our Canon shooters as well. That kind includes:
- A Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
- A Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens.
- A Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens.
- A Canon 600EX-RT flash.
As you can see, it’s pretty similar to the Nikon wedding package, and for the same reasons.
We’ve also built a number of other packages. For portrait users, we’ve build both, a mobile, on-location package that includes a small flash, lightstand, collapsible softbox, along with a portrait lens in the 85mm focal length, as well as one you can use in the studio that replaces the small flash with a studio light kit and adds a tripod and head. Architectural shooters will love the tilt-shift lenses we include in the Architecture Essentials package, as well as the lightweight carbon-fiber tripod and geared Manfrotto head. Nikon users: your Architeture Essentials package includes the famed 14-24mm f/2.8 lens as well.
Here’s the really cool thing about packages: when you rent one of these, you’ll typically end up saving over the cost of renting those items individually. The Architecture package for Nikon, for example, will save you $11 off the price of a 3-day rental if you got each item individually. Those savings increase the longer you rent that package for; a 10-day rental, for example, will save you about $20 off the individual rental price of those items.